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The disgrace of Care homes

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:16 am
by Penny
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... s-DAY.html

when is somebody going to do something about this?

Some elderly people have family to look out for them, but many don't.

Re: The disgrace of Care homes

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:58 am
by Chris From The Gulag
A previously posted article from the Guardian lays bare the inadequacies of the care home inspection system :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/news-and ... port-30759

Little surprised just how long it's taken the Daily Chuckle to catch up with life in the real world ?

After all , with many care homes now part of some private investors' portfolios , how else is one expected to make a commercial return IF costs are not cut back to maximise profit ?

Many are actually owned by limited companies , some limited by guarantee , and yet ... at the same time ... registered as charities with the full blessing of the licensing authorities ..... a wolf in sheep clothing more precis.

https://www.gov.uk/registration-of-resi ... es-england

Even more apt , an old article from the Financial Times , March 2016 , a warning to investors in the UK care home sector :

https://www.ft.com/content/3dd0079a-e45 ... 8b0d268c39

Financing for UK care home industry is ‘completely unsuitable.

University of Manchester questions whether private equity model works for elderly care


Why many of our most vunerable citizens have been abandoned by the State , and left in the hands of the free market economy is another , but related , issue.

It used to be a joke to suggest that today's pensioners would be better off " Inside " ... in a prison.

Is that age old joke now wearing a bit thin ?

Re: The disgrace of Care homes

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:31 pm
by Penny
Chris From The Gulag wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:58 am
A previously posted article from the Guardian lays bare the inadequacies of the care home inspection system :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/news-and ... port-30759

Little surprised just how long it's taken the Daily Chuckle to catch up with life in the real world ?

After all , with many care homes now part of some private investors' portfolios , how else is one expected to make a commercial return IF costs are not cut back to maximise profit ?

Many are actually owned by limited companies , some limited by guarantee , and yet ... at the same time ... registered as charities with the full blessing of the licensing authorities ..... a wolf in sheep clothing more precis.

https://www.gov.uk/registration-of-resi ... es-england

Even more apt , an old article from the Financial Times , March 2016 , a warning to investors in the UK care home sector :

https://www.ft.com/content/3dd0079a-e45 ... 8b0d268c39

Financing for UK care home industry is ‘completely unsuitable.

University of Manchester questions whether private equity model works for elderly care


Why many of our most vunerable citizens have been abandoned by the State , and left in the hands of the free market economy is another , but related , issue.

It used to be a joke to suggest that today's pensioners would be better off " Inside " ... in a prison.

Is that age old joke now wearing a bit thin ?
In fairness this relates to a report out yesterday.

Re: The disgrace of Care homes

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:39 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
A continuation of the inadequacies of the CGC inspection system both in their practice and , when problems are found , lack of enforcement and prosecution under their present powers.

Latest " Report " used by the Daily Chuckle is , in fact , a combination of ongoing reports with the headlining issues made into said article.

A Mail investigation found the system was in such crisis that four in ten care homes fail inspections. Of the 5,300 sites the CQC has reported on this year, around 2,000 were found to be inadequate or in need of improvement.


Most CQC reports don't make it to the national press , a few picked up locally.

Thankfully , the " Good " reports far out number the ones we tend to get to read about ... regretably , good reports do not sell newspapers.

In any event , full marks to the Daily Chuckle for bringing this Issue to the attention of their readers.

Comments section makes interesting reading .... for once ... almost total agreement..... and hardly any mention of Trump or Brexit ... somewhat refreshing !

Said article deserved to be recorded on the forum .... thanks to Penny ... a tabloid's take on the current problems with certain care homes.

If it leads to something positive , the Daily Chuckle should be congratulated .... for once ?